Sirisena gives Sobhita Thera a Dhamma lesson
Posted on September 8th, 2015
The country’s new maladministration typified by its farcical cabinet and other appointments has already become the butt of many a joke about its cynical deception of the public. Grand sounding slogans about Yahapalanaya and reconciliation together with clearly disingenuous promises about jobs creation and future prosperity have become meaningless drivel save their comical value. The palpable dissatisfaction of the general public, extending to serious concern on the defence front, is often expressed as disbelief of the deceptive behaviour of Maithripala Sirisena.
Sirisena’s misdeeds are matched by his partners-in-crimes (of January 8 and August 17), the ‘venom-pot queen’ Kumaratunga and the new prime minister who seems to be desperately trying to prove that he has suddenly found his backbone that has been missing for the last decade and a half!
The symbiosis between a character-less weakling Sirisena driven by crazy ambition – unmatched by ability – and vengeance, and the equally venomous Kumaratunga is likely to bring disaster to the country if this double-act is allowed to operate unabated for even a short period of time.
Kumaratunga in particular, appears to have decided to avenge the outright rejection of her by the people of Attanagalla and the nation as a whole, by setting herself an agenda of reversing the hard-won security gains in the North. It is unclear as to how she is going to achieve her aims; Judging by her role as Sirisena’s puppeteer so far, she may be expecting to use government resources, or may well have to form a fat INGO funded by her friends at MI6 and the CIA. But the rotten Horagolla woman she is, she will stop at nothing to avenge her lack of acceptance by the Sri Lankan people.
The prime minister in the meantime is attempting a bad caricature of the ‘worm that turned’! His ‘monkey’ remark at the first debate in parliament – in a freshly-pressed dark suite he seemed to have changed in to the minute the voting ended – shows the complete colonisation of his head by the colonial forces: one of the first ‘duties’ performed by him as prime minister involved stopping the renovation of colonial buildings in Colombo! Obviously he cherishes the memory of colonialism so much that he seems to be unable to accept the removal of the tokens of the darkest period of the history of the nation.
Ranil Wickremesinghe is a pathological case with a deeply internalised veneration for the colonial oppression of the local population. His obvious penchant for worshipping the imperialists – almost placing the body in a submissively prone prostrate position – is suggestive of a sadomasochistic psychological tendency that goes beyond the obvious ancestral gains made through subservience to colonial masters; His paternal grandfather for example, was the first ‘native’ to be appointed to the colonial civil service (CCS) and his uncle was the head of the local diocese of the so-called Church of England; But many people in the colonised world with such links to colonisers have turned anti-colonial and fought for independence. Not this man! His total and obviously unconditional surrender to imperialists appears to be based on a pathological disposition towards them that goes far beyond the levels called-for by such influences.
Ranil Wickremesinghe’s subservience to imperialists is obviously and seriously affecting his ability to think or act like a 21st century Sri Lankan and the matter needs to be addressed sooner rather than later – before he drags us all back in to the colonial era.
Then we come to the hopper-thief himself: his cynical ways of operating are clearly proving to be substitutes for lack of management ability and confidence. He is clearly adopting the path Ranil Wickremesinghe used to stay leader of the UNP while losing election-after-election, by stacking the UNP’s executive committee. Sirisena in his dirty tricks-based campaign to wrestle the control of the SLFP has used the same modus-operandi of stacking the SLFP’s central committee and secretary positions.
Sirisena started his dirty manoeuvres in stealing the control of the SLFP by appointing the lead conspirator behind the January 8 conspiracy, Faisar Mustapha his ‘legal advisor’. All the dirty special announcements he made leading up to the August 17 elections were the evil brain-children of Mustapha and the Islamic fringe now calling the shots.
Sirisena’s worst economic crime will prove to be his disgraceful attempt to bribe anyone he suspected of being a Rajapakse loyalist with a ministerial post. The rogues including those who were ‘nominated’ by him through the national list and other non-deserving cases will be a blight on the national economy for years to come.
Sirisena’s lack of concern for the burden he is placing on the haplessly poor Sri Lankans in the form of politically corrupt ‘ministers’ earning ‘mega-bucks’ with access to fleets of vehicles and armies of staff tells of the man’s shamefully selfish desire to consolidate his own position without any concerns at all about the plight of the poor of the country. The nation is clearly finding the ‘performance’ so far, of the Sirisena-venom pot-Ranil trio disgusting.
There are others who should be held responsible for bringing this disaster upon the country. Among the top such individuals would be the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera. In his naïve political mind, he seemed to have assumed that the country’s ‘politics’ could be ‘cleansed’ by simply re-writing the constitution; He screamed that Mahinda Rajapakse was corrupt and in his political ignorance, campaigned for the new clique who promised a new constitution and abolishing the presidency. Sobhita, though not backed by a significant national movement, had his wish of removing Rajapakse fulfilled by the new clique aided by minorities with vested interests.
Now it seems, Rev. Sobhita is making noises of dissatisfaction about the new government’s direction including the appointment of the mega cabinet and worthlessness of largely cosmetic changes to the constitution introduced through the S19 amendments.
Rev. Sobhita Thero could count himself lucky if he learnt the DHAMMA that insincere and corrupt behaviour of politicians like Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremasinghe could not be corrected through constitutional amendments; All constitutions are implemented and operated by human beings and people like Sirisena are the worst among us.
The current situation proves that monks should best stay out of politics because they have not had experience in the mundane affair of politics. They should stay pursuing the path to salvation through renouncement of such worldly pursuits. Now is the time for Rev. Sobhita to renounce politics and limit his activities to the Naga Vihara, without venturing beyond its boundaries. He has brought enough disaster to the country through his raucous campaign for this clique of rogues.